What is Sui Lin Tao?
In Fut Sao, Sui Lin Tao has been known as The Little Transmutation or Little Idea. It has also been known as the Beggar’s Hand. Each one of these names can take one into a whole different realm of interpretations. They stand for concepts to achieve. Given the nature of the Chinese language I do not adhere to one interpretation but rather see the Sui Lin Tao as a combination of the three different names.
The form takes on different meanings for the student as they progress in the art. This is why no one is ever finished with Sui Lin Tao. To write off Sui Lin Tao as just a stepping stone in learning Fut Sao is the biggest fallacy that anyone can make.
Sui Lin Tao unravels itself in phases. As you grow in the art different levels of understanding reveal themselves to you. It is from this growth that I feel the different names of Sui Lin Tao spring. As those who came before us grew, their conceptual understanding did as well.
In the Beginning-The Little Idea
Then there was Transmutation
When you first started Sui Lin Tao you might have noticed how difficult it was for you “let go” of your muscles. The idea that one can have power without relying on muscle is a very difficult thing to grasp. You learn to let your body move itself through the energy of the spine, through thought, and not through the contraction of the muscles.
The Beggar's Hand
You have no idea of the infinite possibilities that this form offers. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.